Come to your River
The Afro-Caribbean Music of Ibeyi
“I guess our songs are ‘negro-spiritual’,” adds Lisa, reaching for a definition,
“but in a contemporary way. I would say our songs are like prayers.”
Ibeyi is a French-Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English and Yoruba — a Nigerian language their ancestors spoke before being brought to Cuba by the Spanish to be made slaves in the 1700s...Ibeyi is pronounced ee-bey-ee. In the Yoruba language this translates as "twins". Their music has elements of Yoruba, French, and Afro-Cuban and fuses jazz with beats, samples with traditional instruments
Osun Osogbo River Festival (2014)
Clad in traditional attire, with a calabash covered with red clothing that partially covered her face on her head and heralded by a surging crowd, she cut the image of a messenger of the gods. The excitement that elicited her entry into the Osun groove was confirmation of her pride of place in the entire Osun Osogbo Festival setting. With a gaiety that complemented her relevance and a multitude of people, young and elderly on her trail, it was apparent that she was the cynosure of the festival.